Cuenca weather

20th January, 2014

Seriously considering moving to Cuenca but am concerned about the weather. I have heard that there are more cloudy days than sunny, a real turn off for us. Can someone give me a description of the weather in Cuenca?

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Mar 15, 2014
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warmer and drier
by: Anonymous

I am very interested in living in Ecuador but find the weather in Cuenca a little too cool and wet. Can someone please tell me where I would find a warmer, drier area??
Thank you so much.

Mar 15, 2014
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climate in Cuenca
by: Malcolm Reding

Having lived in Cuenca for over 2 years I can say with absolute certainty that the weather is fine. We have basically 2 seasons; a wet season and a dry season, but it can rain anytime usually in the afternoon or evening. The rainy season begins in late February or March and lasts about 4 months. Cuenca only gets about 40 inches of rain a year so it is not a problem. I have an umbrella I have never used, but I usually carry or wear a light nylon windbreaker. If the sky is clear at night, it can be 40ºf in the morning but will warm up to as much as 75-80ºf in the afternoon. With an altitude of 8500 feet, thje UV rays are very strong and you can get a sunburn in 30 minutes. I would bring SPF80 or above sunscreen and hats. Also being 3º south of the equator our seasons are somewhat reversed. Summer is from November-April and winter from June-September. The only difference is a 3-5º difference in temperature.

Mar 10, 2014
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Gringo nights and Cuenca in June
by: Anonymous

Gringo nights are indeed gatherings of expats at different venues, usually restaurants. Many restaurants have a gringo night the same evening each week. The gatherings can be pretty clickish and sometimes intimidating. The first time you go it is good to have friends or new acquaintances to go along.
June thru September can be very wet with cool days and cold (40F) nights in Cuenca. Usually not enough to have heat though, just a sweater and light jacket in the day or an extra heavy blanket at night.

Mar 09, 2014
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Weather
by: melody

Can anyone tell me what to expect for weather in the first part of June in Otavalo and Cuenca?
What is Gringo night, and, I assume it's other Expats, so, how does one find out about this as we will be in Cuenca on June 10-14th . Thanks. melody

Feb 02, 2014
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weather
by: Anonymous

Gary mentioned "warmer drier "places than Cuenca. Can you tell me what cities/areas he was referring to, please.

Jan 26, 2014
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Cuenca weather
by: Garay

The last line of my comment should contain the word mild and not mold.

Jan 26, 2014
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Cuenca weather
by: Gary

The clouds are ever present around the mountains of this high Andean city. The colors and textures are so variable that one never gets tired of looking at them. From the white high tops of cumulus building to a rain shower, the blue grays filtering the sky and the reds of morning and evening are what add to the beauty of the city.
Yes it can be relatively cold at 45 degrees before and after a shower and yes there can be a very few days in July where the rain is torrential and everyone just goes about their business with umbrellas and jackets. It is these same days you will see the uniformed school kids just soaked and never seeming to mind it. As the previous comment indicated, when the sun shine and it is 70 it is glorious. When it is sunny and 80 the sun is so strong you need to seek shade and always wear your hat.
There are expats who don't like Cuenca and move to a lower warmer, dryer part of the country, but those other parts have either fewer services or as is the case with Guayaquil or Quito, have much higher crime rates. Over all, Cuenca is the best with a mold climate.

Jan 24, 2014
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Weather
by: Joyce

Sure there are cloudy days, but when the sun comes out it is the most beautiful day. At the Cuenca elevation the clear days are sparkling, with the mountains surrounding Cuenca I can't think of a better place to be. It is something about the light that is amazingly clear. I would not let the weather stop you.

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